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'Bones and All' Screenwriter David Kajganich on the many layers of collaboration in adaptations

In the center of Regan’s America, a father desperately moves his only daughter, Maren, out of their double wide for the umpteenth time. They have less than an hour to find a new home before the rest of the community figures out their terrible secret ...

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Staffing the writer's room with 'Let the Right One In' showrunner and EP Andrew Hinderaker

How far would you go to protect your child? Would you lie? Cheat? Steal? How about kill? These are the questions behind Amazon Prime’s latest horror drama, Let the Right One In. LTROI follows the story of Mark Kane (Demián Bichir) and his forever you...

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Rising Through the Ranks: 'Equalizer's' Vanessa Herron

“I’m excited to wake up in the morning and do what I’ve dreamed of doing for so long: Make a decent living as a writer.”

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Write On with 'The Northman' Co-Writers Robert Eggers and Sjón

From visionary director Robert Eggers, The Northman follows a young Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) on a quest to avenge his father's murder. Eggers and his co-writer, Sjón, chatted with Final Draft about the collaborative process of working on t...

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A Big Break Success Story: Otter Space by Benj Thall and Andrew Levine

In 2020, screenwriting team Andrew Levine and Benj Thall’s Family/Animated feature Otter Space placed in the Top 5 of their category, thus beginning their journey to making Otter Space the podcast a reality. The writing duo credits Big Break as essen...

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‘Thirteen Lives’ writer on turning true stories into emotional narratives

For over 40 years, William Nicholson has been writing screenplays, two of which garnered Oscar® nominations. His latest film Thirteen Lives matches him up with Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard in a film delivering an emotional adventure as E...

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How breaking the fourth wall in ‘The Good House’ brings out character

There’s nothing traditional about The Good House. It’s a story with a protagonist who has her AARP card. It’s a story about a drunk who often has her act together. It’s also a story in which protagonist Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver) breaks the fourth...

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Write On with 'Send Help' Co-Creators Jean Elie & Mike Gauyo

From Insecure alumni Jean Elie and Mike Gauyo, Send Help follows a first-generation Haitian American (Elie) struggling to overcome the challenges in Hollywood while coming to terms with a recent family tragedy. Gauyo shares his thoughts on how partne...

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Davinci International Film Festival hosts first live event in two years

After an inconsistent two years, fall film festivals are back in full swing, including the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF). Established in 2017, founder and CEO Chadwick Pelletier says it’s the birth child of nearly three decades of entert...

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